22587
Croatia/Slovenia
Slovenia & Croatia: Hidden Coves and Ancient Treasures by Sea
Set sail by small ship through the crystal blue water of the Adriatic Sea to medieval villages, hidden coves and the picturesque coastlines of Croatia.
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Program No. 22587RJ
Length
12 days
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2,795
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12 days
11 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Embark, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Primosten
D
MY Casanova

Activity note: All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Afternoon: At the airport, we will meet the Road Scholar representative and transfer to Primošten, where we will embark on the MY Casanova, our home for the next seven nights. In the early evening, we will gather in the ship's dining room for Orientation, where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Please note, your departure is part of our Adventures Afloat programs. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of excursions without prior notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room, we will enjoy our first dinner on board. For this evening and others aboard the Casanova, our chef will prepare tasty meals with different set menus. We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs to the extent possible given local resources.

Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep and be ready for a full day tomorrow!

DAY
3
Krka National Park, Šibenik
Sibenik
B,L,D
MY Casanova

Activity note: At Krka National Park, we will walk up to 2.5 miles on rough terrain. The field trip will include more than 500 steps to reach the waterfalls with resting places and viewpoints in between. The visit to Sibenik involves walking up to 2 miles on uneven, cobblestone streets and standing up to 1 hour. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: In the ship's dining room, we will have a breakfast buffet offering eggs, cereals, local breads, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, juices, water.

Morning: We will discover the waterfalls of Krka National Park. Our ship will sail to the mouth of the Krka river where it flows into the Adriatic and from there we will walk along a spectacular series of rugged canyons, azure lakes, and tumbling waterfalls.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: During our field trip to Šibenik, we will walk through the heart of the old town where jewels of history wait around every corner. We will see the four fortresses which kept the city safe from invasion from the 15th to the 16th century, the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of St. James, and Republic Square. Before dinner, an Assistant Professor will give a lecture on what sets this region apart in both the past and the present.

Dinner: At a local village farmstead, enjoy a dinner of home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Telašcica Nature Park, Sali Village
Sali
B,L,D
MY Casanova

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile in Telascica Nature Park uphill on rough terrain; walking approximately 1.5 miles in Sali on flat, cobblestone paths. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: In the ship's lounge, we will delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by the Group Leader. We will next visit Telascica Nature Park, a stunning bay studded with six small islets. The protected bay has been known as a harbor and shelter since antiquity; the Roman archaeological remains lie under the channel separating Dugi Otok from Kornati island. On the southern side, between the bay and the sea, we will find Telascica's highlight: Lake Mir, its brackish water is fed by the sea which seeps in through underground cracks.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: We visit Sali, the biggest village of the island Dugi Otok (Long Island), which gets its name from a history of salt production. We will explore the village on the harbor, surrounded by olive trees and beaches. In the evening, we will hear a lecture, "Traces of the Past," given by a local archaeologist.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Zadar
Zadar
B,L
MY Casanova

Activity note: Our field trip to Zadar involves walking approximately 1.25 miles round trip on mostly flat ground. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We will visit historic Zadar. Discovering Zadar is like peeling back layers of time until you end up in the 9th century BC in ancient Illyria. The Old Town is paved with gleaming white stone and the straight streets were first laid out by the Romans. In Zadar, the ancient and the new blend in a quirky and vibrant harmony, with Roman-era fragments and Romanesque churches standing along side blocks of flats, sleek cafés, and ultra-contemporary architectural installations such as the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
The Island of Rab
Rab Town
B,L,D
MY Casanova

Activity note: The field trip to Rab involves walking approximately 1 mile on mostly flat ground, with a few stair steps throughout. Sturdy shoes are recommended for this charming, cobblestone town. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: In the ship's lounge, enjoy a presentation on Croatia and its neighbors led by our Group Leader.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: On our field trip to the Island of Rab, we will see the famous four bell towers of the city. The spirit of history can still be felt as we take a walk down the streets of the town. When we return to the ship, we will enjoy a local Klapa group's traditional acappella performance in Dalmatic.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Goli Otok, Ancient Krk
Krk Town
B,L,D
MY Casanova

Activity note: Weather permitting, the field trip to Goli Otok (Prison Island) involves walking approximately 1.5 miles at Goli Otok on rough terrain over a slight incline. Our walk in Ancient Krk will cover approximately 1 mile on flat ground over the course of one hour. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Weather permitting, we will explore the Prison Island (Goli Otok) which used to be one of the most infamous prisons in Europe following the Second World War. Goli Otok opened in 1948 and closed in 1988.

Lunch: On board the ship as we sail northward to the island of Krk.

Afternoon: With our local expert, we will explore ancient Krk on our afternoon field trip. We will learn how Krk developed into an important settlement for the Romans and explore the Roman ruins inside the city walls, including a Roman bath dating from the 2nd century BC.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: In the ship's lounge, we will enjoy a lecture given by an Assistant Professor at Rijeka University.

DAY
8
Pula, Rijeka
Rijeka
B,D
MY Casanova

Activity note: In Pula, we will walk approximately 1.5 miles. A lecture in front of the Arena requires climbing several flights of stairs, and no elevator is available. The field trip in Rijeka involves walking up to 2 miles round trip over flat terrain. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Explore 2000 years of urban development in Pula. We will drive across the Istrian Peninsula to the Old Roman Town of Pula, where we hear the legend of the ship Argo in pursuit of the Golden Fleece, learn about the Illyrians before the arrival of the Romans, analyze the influence of the Romans, and examine present day concerns.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: We will visit Rijeka to learn the rich history of this Old Port, with traces from the oldest presence of humans to present day. We will take a walk to explore Rijeka through the years, as our local expert shares its stories. (In)famous people, events, mysteries, scientific discoveries, all in one place.

Dinner: On board the Casanova, we will enjoy our final dinner as we share highlights from the trip so far.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Optaija, Postojna Caves
Lake Bled
B,D
Hotel Park

Activity note: In Opatija, our exploration of the botanical garden and famous promenade involves walking around one mile round trip on mostly flat ground. In the Postojna Caves, we will walk up to 2.5 miles on level terrain, with some steps with handrails; standing indoors and out up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We will drive the short distance to elegant Opatija, with its pleasant climate, beautiful architecture, quality hotels and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades.

Lunch: Savor the flavors of Postojna with lunch on your own. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: We will explore the Postojna Caves, a subterranean world abundant with unusual natural sculptures and animals. We will descend underground to a world of passages, halls and galleries abundant with cave formations. The cave interior is largely shaped by speleothems, cave formations whose growth is measured in millions of years. We will hear a lecture on site from a local expert.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Lake Bled, Medieval Town
Lake Bled
B,D
Hotel Park

Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day on uneven, cobblestone streets and sidewalks, long periods of standing, ascending and descending flights of stairs with no railings.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Led by a local expert, we will set out to explore Lake Bled on foot. With immense natural beauty, Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air made Lake Bled one of the most popular health resorts of the Hapsburg Empire, attracting the European aristocratic elite. We will learn the history, local economy and natural heritage during our field trip this morning.

Lunch: Explore the tastes of Slovenia with lunch on your own. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: We will visit the medieval town of Radovljica, where the compact city center is a veritable open air museum of beautifully restored buildings, narrow sloping streets and pleasant sidewalk cafés. Some of the most interesting buildings include Gostilna Lectar’s very own living museum which makes a traditional Slovene craft, gingerbread made with honey dough. The hospitable family, dressed in typical medieval clothing, will give a short lecture about the museum. Tools dating back over 100 years are still used to produce these uniquely decorated cakes and the oldest preserved wooden mold is from the 16th century. Back in medieval times they were considered prestigious gestures of romance, and these days they make excellent souvenirs.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Bled, indulge in the local flavors.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ljubljana
Lake Bled
B,D
Hotel Park

Activity note: Walking approximately 2.5 miles with long periods of standing. Climbing stairs, sometimes with no railings.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: By bus, we will head to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city where old meets new in part to an 1895 earthquake when the city was rebuilt in Italian baroque and Art Nouveau styles. A modern city rich in history, Ljubljana was shaped by famed architect and resident Jože Plecnik and the new wave of young architects he inspired. With a local expert, discover how the diversity of this city seamlessly blends into a single image.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to sample local Slovenian cuisine.

Afternoon: We will visit to the famous Plecnik House. Preserved and transformed into a museum, Plecnik’s home looks, from the street, like many of the other old homes in the area. But this master designer left his mark on this house, expanding the original building with a cylindrical annex and winter garden, as well as equipping the house and gardens with inventive furnishings of his own design. Permanent exhibitions at the house showcase Plecnik’s substantial architectural legacy in Vienna, Prague and of course Ljubljana, and give visitors a window into the eccentric designer’s personal life and history.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Farewell Dinner where we share our favorite moments from the program.

Evening: At leisure. Rest up for your travel tomorrow.

DAY
12
Departures, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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